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House Passes Bill Addressing Scarcity of Rare Earth Minerals – a Key Component in Many Electronic Devices

WASHINGTON, September 30, 2010 - The House on Wednesday approved H.R. 6160, the Rare Earths and Critical Materials Revitalization Act by a vote of 325 to 98. The bill authorizes research to address the supply scarcity of rare earth minerals, a category of materials key to a wide range of applications in fields such as energy, military, electronic and manufacturing technologies. Keep Reading

New Mexico to Receive $74.4 Million in Broadband Grants

WASHINGTON, August 16, 2010- New Mexico entities received a $10.6 million broadband stimulus grant from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, and support for a $63.8 million project from the Rural Utilities Service of the Department of Agriculture. The NTIA grant will be given to North Central New Mexico Economic Development District to deploy a middle-mile project across three counties and five tribal areas. The project will directly serve 123 community anchor institutions, 19,227 homes and 1,332 businesses. "Middle mile" projects aim to expand the availability of broadband interconnections to companies and organizations that offer service to end-users. Keep Reading

Broadband's Impact/Fiber

Google Updates Fiber Project and Launches FiberCommunities.com

WASHINGTON July 15, 2010- In an update to their fiber project Google has created a new website: www.fibercommunities.com, which includes more detailed information on the status of the project. According to Google, the company has received “1,100 community responses and more than 194,000 responses from individuals.” In addition to providing a physical connection the company also plans to offer service; but it will also allow third parties to offer their own service on the Google network. The service also will not be free, they intend to offer it at a “competitive price.” Keep Reading

Fiber/States

North Carolina Rejects Moratorium on Municipal Broadband

WASHINGTON, July 14, 2010- On July 11 the North Carolina House of Representatives put an end to a bill that would ban communities from installing their own broadband infrastructure. In the last year, several towns and cities built their own Fiber to the Home networks. The networks in North Carolina generally provide faster connections at… Keep Reading

Fiber/Recovery Act

Obama Announces $795 Million in Broadband Grants

WASHINGTON July 2, 2010- Later today President Obama will announce the awarding of 66 grants for middle mile and public computing centers. The grants will total over $795 million with the award winners providing $200 million in outside investment. The awardees span 36 states and the District of Columbia along with a grant which will span the entire nation. Keep Reading

Fiber

Verizon Field Tests 10Gbps Fiber Network

WASHINGTON, June 24, 2010 —Verizon currently maintains one of the few commercial fiber-to-the-home networks in America that achieves a top speed of 25mbps up and 25mbps down; however with increased competition by cable providers who have upgraded to DOCSIS3 which can achieve speeds of 50mbps down and 10mbps, Verizon is starting to feel the pressure. Keep Reading

Fiber/International

Brazil to Fund Creation of National Fiber Optic Network

WASHINGTON, June 21, 2010 – Brazil has started to enact changes to fulfill its long term broadband goals. The nation announced the plan early last month with a goal of bringing down the cost of broadband from $50USD to $25-35USD. Brazil’s Planning Minister Paulo Bernardo said, “Prices for broadband services could be lowered with the participation of private enterprises”. Keep Reading

Fiber/Recovery Act/States

West Virginia to Build State Wide Fiber Network

WASHINGTON, June 16, 2010 – In March, West Virginia was awarded $126 million from the Broadband Technologies Opportunities Program. The federal money was granted to create a statewide high-speed broadband network of 45mbps down, for all public schools, libraries, health-care facilities and fire and police departments. Keep Reading

Broadband Issues Echo Electrification Debate of Decades Ago

WASHINGTON, June 15, 2010 – Today’s broadband expansion throughout the United States faces similar challenges to wiring the nation with electricity decades ago, and the nation’s businesses, consumers and government must work together to tap into the resources that high-speed internet access offers, said one of the nation's top expert on rural broadband at a BroadbandBreakfast.com panel discussion. Keep Reading

Fiber/International

New Zealand to Blanket the Nation in 100Mbps Connections by 2020

WASHINGTON, June 9, 2010 –The New Zealand government has joined much of the rest of the world’s governments and has decided to directly fund the expansion of broadband. The government has setup an ISP Crown Fibre Holdings, back in October 2009 which is being tasked with providing the nation 100Mbps down, 50Mbps up high speed access via fiber to the home. The government plans to spend NZ$1.5 billion ($997.34 million US) by 2020. Keep Reading

Fiber/Smart Grid/States

Chattanooga to Get 150 Mbps Fiber Network

WASHINGTON, June 4, 2010 – Chattanooga, Tennessee will now have the fastest home broadband speeds in the nation through a municipal fiber optic network. The network is maintained through a subsidiary, EPB Fiber Optics, of the city’s municipal electric provider EPB. The network boasts speeds of up to 150Mbps symmetrical, in comparison the fastest Verizon Fios is offering is 50Mbp down and 20Mbps up. This new high speed access is quite expensive for users, the 100Mbps plan is $349; pricing for the new 150 plan not announced yet. Keep Reading

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